Students Earn Recognition

Students Earn Recognition for Good Deeds and Exemplary Character
Posted on 06/18/2021
Academic achievements are not the only accomplishments that earn students recognition at the end of the school year in the School District of Palm Beach County. Employing positive attitudes, acting as role models, showing respect for others, and caring about the school and surrounding communities are also earning accolades for deserving students.

Phoenix Gulick is an eighth grade student at Independence Middle School who was recognized in this year’s Character Counts program. She is hailed by school staff members as “authentic, genuine, and thoughtful” while being the “embodiment of everything right in this world.”

Character Counts celebrates students for demonstrating the pillars of character. That includes trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, citizenship, caring, and fairness. Celia Campo is a fifth grade student at Addison Mizner Elementary who was nominated for starting a community service project at her school to pick up litter during recess.

Kiley Marsh, a third grade student at Coral Reef Elementary School, raised money to make 120 “kindness bags” to deliver to senior citizens at a local assisted living facility. Boynton Beach High School senior Andre Thelemaque volunteered to help a new student get around campus at the beginning of the school year.

More than 80 students were nominated by their schools for this year’s Character Counts recognition ceremony. The District’s Teaching and Learning Department presented each nominee with a certificate as well as recognition in a virtual ceremony in May.

“The character traits are valuable and important because they're what matter to helping us build our society,” said Stephen Kaplan, an elementary school counseling program planner in the Department of Teaching and Learning. “These students have taken on the challenge to really participate actively in all of those communities in different ways. It's important to recognize that, especially when COVID has made it so difficult to really make that happen, these kids still took that on.”

Character education is mandated by state statute and is embedded into content lessons and social emotional learning. View this presentation to see the full list of students recognized this year for Character Counts and their corresponding nominations.
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